Francis O’Neill is a Manchester born artist who lives in Binsey in Oxford. He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2000. In 2003 he won a scholarship from the Salford Sports and Arts Trust before becoming Artist in Residence, first at Chenderit School in Banbury in 2003-4, and then at St.Mary’s School in Wantage in 2004-05 where he became Figure Drawing Tutor. The success of these residencies led to Francis writing and presenting the television pilot “What’s so great about Turner?” for the BBC (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kaew7lyhUI8).
In 2006 Francis won a worldwide award for figure painting from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation.
In 2008 Francis’s successful independent one man exhibition, ‘The Binsey Collection’ also saw the launch of his gift book ‘The Stick Man’s Guide to Life and Art’ which has now sold 1000 copies. Francis has since become affiliated to the Sarah Wiseman Gallery in Oxford, and in 2009 joined the Magdalen Road Studios group, also in Oxford, from where he works and teaches.
Francis has visited and studied at nearly all the major municipal art galleries in Europe as well as many others around the world. He is figure drawing tutor at Trinity and Magdalen Colleges in Oxford, and at Wharf House in Wallingford.
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